What does glow mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. freshness, glownoun

    an alert and refreshed state

  2. luminescence, glownoun

    light from nonthermal sources

  3. incandescence, glownoun

    the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised

  4. glownoun

    a feeling of considerable warmth

    "the glow of new love"; "a glow of regret"

  5. glownoun

    a steady even light without flames

  6. radiance, glow, glowingnoun

    the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface

  7. gleam, gleaming, glow, lambencyverb

    an appearance of reflected light

  8. glowverb

    emit a steady even light without flames

    "The fireflies were glowing and flying about in the garden"

  9. glow, beam, radiate, shineverb

    have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

    "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"

  10. burn, glowverb

    shine intensely, as if with heat

    "The coals were glowing in the dark"; "The candles were burning"

  11. glowverb

    be exuberant or high-spirited

    "Make the people's hearts glow"

  12. glow, beam, radiate, shineverb

    experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

    "She was beaming with joy"; "Her face radiated with happiness"


  1. glownoun

    The state of a glowing object.

  2. glownoun

    The condition of being passionate or having warm feelings.

  3. glownoun

    The brilliance or warmth of color in an environment or on a person (especially one's face).

    He had a bright red glow on his face.

  4. glowverb

    To give off light from heat or to emit light as if heated.

    The fire was still glowing after ten hours.

  5. glowverb

    To radiate some emotional quality like light.

  6. glowverb

    To gaze especially passionately at something.

  7. glowverb

    To radiate thermal heat.

  8. glowverb

    To shine brightly and steadily.

  9. glowverb

    To sweat

    Women glow, men sweat.

  10. Etymology: Possibly from the Old English glowan, though this is disputed because the corresponding words in Old Saxon and Old High German are dissimilar, glōjan and gluoen respectively. It may instead be from an word, glóa. Its ultimate root is probably the Old Teutonic root. See glass

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Glownoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The pale complexion of true love,
    And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain. William Shakespeare.

    A waving glow his bloomy beds display,
    Blushing in bright diversities of day. Alexander Pope, Epistle iv.

  2. To Glowverb

    To make hot so as to shine. Not in use.

    On each side her
    Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
    With divers colour’d fans, whose wind did seem
    To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool. William Shakespeare.

  3. To GLOWverb

    Etymology: glowan, Saxon; gloeyen, Dutch.

    But sithence silence lesseneth not my fire,
    But told it flames, and hidden it does glow,
    I will reveal what ye so much desire. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    His goodly eyes,
    That o’er the files and musters of the war
    Have glow’d like plated Mars, now bend, now turn
    Their office upon a tawny front. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopat.

    Kunigund, wife to the emperor Henry II. to show her innocency, did take seven glowing irons, one after another, in her bare hands, and had thereby no harm. George Hakewill.

    Not all parts like, but all alike inform’d
    With radiant light, as glowing iron with fire. John Milton, Par. L.

    Nor would you find it easy to compose
    The mettled steeds, when from their nostrils flows
    The scorching fire that in their entrails glows. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

    How op’ning heav’ns their happy regions show,
    And yawning gulphs with flaming vengeance glow. Smith.

    Fires that glow,
    Shrieks of woe. Alexander Pope.

    Did not his temples glow
    In the same sultry winds and scorching heats? Joseph Addison, Cato.

    The cord slides swiftly through his glowing hands. John Gay.

    With smile that glow’d
    Celestial rosy red, love’s proper hue. John Milton.

    Clad in a gown that glows with Tyrian rays. Dryden.

    A malicious joy,
    Whose red and fiery beams cast through your visage
    A glowing pleasure. John Dryden, Oedipus.

    From the mingled strength of shade and light,
    A new creation rises to my sight;
    Such heav’nly figures from his pencil flow,
    So warm with life his blended colours glow,
    Amidst the soft variety I’m lost. Addison.

    Like th’ ethereal glow’d the green expanse. Richard Savage.

    Fair ideas flow,
    Strike in the sketch, or in the picture glow. Alexander Pope.

    Not the fair fruit that on yon branches glows,
    With that ripe red th’ autumnal sun bestows,
    Can move the god. Alexander Pope.

    Each pleasing Blount shall endless smiles bestow,
    And fair Belinda’s blush for ever glow. Alexander Pope.

    Here clearer stars glow round the frozen pole. Alexander Pope.

    From her naked limbs of glowing white,
    In folds loose floating, fell the fainter lawn. James Thomson.

    You strive in vain
    To hide your thoughts from him, who knew too well
    The inward glowings of a heart in love. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Forc’d compliments and formal bows
    Will shew thee just above neglect;
    The fire with which thy lover glows,
    Will settle into cold respect. Matthew Prior.

    Did Shadrach’s zeal my glowing breast inspire
    To weary tortures, and rejoice in fire. Matthew Prior.

    Let the gay conscience of a life well spent
    Calm ev’ry thought, inspirit ev’ry grace,
    Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face. Alexander Pope.

    With furies surrounded,
    Despairing, confounded,
    He trembles, he glows,
    Amidst Rhodope’s snows. Alexander Pope.

    So perish all, whose breasts ne’er learn’d to glow
    For others good, or melt at others woe. Alexander Pope.

    To praise is always hard,
    When real virtue fires the glowing bard. David Lewis.

    A fire which every windy passion blows;
    With pride it mounts, and with revenge it glows. Dryden.

    When crept into aged veins,
    Love slowly burns, and long remains;
    It glows, and with a sullen heat,
    Like fire in logs, it warms us long. Thomas Shadwell.


  1. Glow

    Glow is a song by Canadian rapper Drake from his album, More Life. It features vocals from American rapper Kanye West. The song was sent to rhythmic crossover radio June 6, 2017, as the fifth official single from the album.


  1. glow

    A glow is a steady light or shine that is not too bright, often emitted from a source of heat, or a state of warmth or luminescence. It can also refer to a radiant or healthy look on someone's face or skin, or a feeling of pride, satisfaction or happiness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glowverb

    to shine with an intense or white heat; to give forth vivid light and heat; to be incandescent

  2. Glowverb

    to exhibit a strong, bright color; to be brilliant, as if with heat; to be bright or red with heat or animation, with blushes, etc

  3. Glowverb

    to feel hot; to have a burning sensation, as of the skin, from friction, exercise, etc.; to burn

  4. Glowverb

    to feel the heat of passion; to be animated, as by intense love, zeal, anger, etc.; to rage, as passior; as, the heart glows with love, zeal, or patriotism

  5. Glowverb

    to make hot; to flush

  6. Glownoun

    white or red heat; incandscence

  7. Glownoun

    brightness or warmth of color; redness; a rosy flush; as, the glow of health in the cheeks

  8. Glownoun

    intense excitement or earnestness; vehemence or heat of passion; ardor

  9. Glownoun

    heat of body; a sensation of warmth, as that produced by exercise, etc

  10. Etymology: [AS. glwan; akin to D. gloeijen, OHG. gluoen, G. glhen, Icel. gla, Dan. gloende glowing. 94. Cf. Gloom.]


  1. Glow

    Glow is the ninth full-length album by the band Raven, released in 1994. "The Rocker" is a Thin Lizzy cover.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glow

    glō, v.i. to shine with an intense heat: to feel great heat of body: to be flushed: to feel the heat of passion: to be ardent.—n. shining or white heat: unusual warmth: brightness of colour: vehemence of passion.—p.adj. Glow′ing, shining with intense light, white with heat: ardent, fervent, fiery.—adv. Glow′ingly.—ns. Glow′-lamp, an incandescent lamp, usually electric; Glow′-worm, a name given to many beetles in the sub-family Lampyrides, having phosphorescent structures on the abdomen. [A.S. glówan, to glow; Ger. glühen, Ice. glóa, to glow.]


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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GLOW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Glow is ranked #70403 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Glow surname appeared 278 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Glow.

    94.9% or 264 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of glow in a Sentence

  1. Alan Marshall Beck:

    What is a husband He is the one who, with a touch, can bring back the starlight and glow of years long ago. At least he hopes he can-don't disappoint him.

  2. Winston Churchill:

    We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.

  3. Thomas Leonard:

    Motivation is an external, temporary high that PUSHES you forward. Inspiration is a sustainable internal glow which PULLS you forward.

  4. Michael Edelman:

    We can tune quantum dots to make that old Thomas Edison glow we all know and love.

  5. Shauna Martin:

    On Martin's quest to prevent recurrence, she started a diet of only raw vegan foods and green juices. I would go to the farmers’ market and just buy everything that I could find and see, and I would juice half, make salads with the other half, and it was amazing how quickly I rebounded from the toxins from all the chemotherapy. My hair grew back quickly, my skin started to really glow— and then the energy, I’d never had that much energy in my entire life. After years of juicing at home, Martin left her corporate job and launched Daily Greens, a national cold-pressed green juice company. I realized what I'm most passionate about in life is trying to make other people healthy, and for me that really starts with a green juice every day, Martin said. Martin continued her mission to motivate others, and published her recipes and personal health plan in her book, Daily Greens, 4-Day Cleanse.

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